Monday, December 30, 2013

2013 Favorites

Reviewing far fewer books in the last couple years has been deliberate but it was not planned to leave off my biannual book round-ups so I'm happy to be getting this post up. I even let my spreadsheet languish for 1.5 years but Goodreads is now doing up an end of year list so you can see all the books I read in 2013 at this handy (and fancy!) link now it's updated:

 sgwordy's Read in 2013 
(and b/c last year I was delinquent here's a bonus Read in 2012)



Favorite fiction: Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein

Favorite non-fiction: The Black Count by Tom Reiss

Favorite mystery/thriller: Suspect by Robert Crais

Favorite historical fiction: The Dovekeepers by Alice Hoffman

Favorite fantasy: Tooth and Claw by Jo Walton

Favorite Sci-fi: The City & the City by China Mieville
Just barely edged a couple of Joan D. Vinge titles for its fantastic exploration of what we 'see' and 'unsee.'

Favorite Romance: Two-way tie!
Flowers From the Storm by Laura Kinsale (Audiobook)
For My Lady's Heart by Laura Kinsale (Audiobook)

Surprise hit: The Winter Prince by Elizabeth Wein
My interest in Arthur tales is pretty much nil these days so I was quite happily surprised to be completely engrossed by this one.

Surprise blunder: Cold Fire by Kate Elliott
A sadly disappointing end to a very cool alternate history fantasy trilogy.

Favorite author discovered in 2013: Joan D. Vinge

Most re-read book first read in 2013: None for 2013 (!??!?) so instead...
Most re-read author in 2013: N. K. Jemisin

Most recommended book and recommendation actually taken:
Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein

Most recommended books I wish people would have read but usually didn't:
The Black Count by Tom Reiss
Tooth and Claw by Jo Walton
Don't Shoot by David M. Kennedy
The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson


And since I do occasionally do something other than read...

Movies:
Favorite - Flight
Surprise hit - Magic Mike
Surprise blunder - This is 40 (though if I had known it was Apatow (sp?) this would not have been a surprise to me)

Video games:
Favorite - Star Wars: The Old Republic





Past Editions: 
2010 Favorites
2011 Favorites
2012 (Half-year) Favorites


What have been your favorites this year?

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Nicholas Boulton as Hawke

You know the weirdest thing about listening to Nick Boulton as Male Hawke after listening to Nick Boulton as every Laura Kinsale character you know and love? When Hawke is finished speaking other actors do the other voices! Huh. Weird! :)

As Male Hawke (MILD SPOILERS!!!!):





From Flowers From the Storm:

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Inspiring

Funny, insightful, inspiring! Check out this video.

ETA: And this important commentary.